The IAS Electrical Safety Workshop offers two avenues for student participation:

  • If you are an IEEE Student Member, you will receive a discount on the registration fee. If you are a student and not a member of IEEE, visit the IEEE Student Membership portal to become a student member and benefit from a lot of resources dedicated to IEEE students.
  • If you are a graduate student in engineering or safety, you may submit a poster proposal for the Electrical Safety Prevention through Design Engineering Education Initiative. Qualifying applicants will receive a subsidy to attend the ESW as described below.

IAS Electrical Safety Prevention through Design Engineering Education Initiative

Call for Applications

The IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Committee is pleased to call for applications for Electrical Safety Prevention through Design Student Engineering Education Initiative, a program geared toward graduate students in electrical engineering and safety engineering fields. The goal of this program is to award talented and promising students who have a passion for Prevention through Design, by subsidizing travel, lodging and registration for participation in the ESW, March 2-6 2020 in Reno, Nevada, USA. A limited number of students will be selected for this honor.

Students are selected based on the merit of their application. Selected students will present a poster presentation at the ESW based on the content of their application materials reflecting their research on electric safety.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2019.


Since its inception in 1991, the ESW has provided the premier international forum to enable and accelerate change in the electrical safety culture and push the envelope on what is possible in preventing workplace injuries from electrical hazards. Through the Electrical Safety Prevention through Design Student Engineering Initiative, the IAS Electrical Safety Committee enthusiastically engages the next generation of engineers to stimulate innovation in engineering solutions and inherently safer designs essential to eliminating occupational injuries and fatalities. This program is subsidized by the IAS Education Department and the ESW.

Who is Eligible?

Graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) in the electrical engineering or safety engineering sciences, or a closely related field. Winning recipients will receive:

  • $600 travel allowance
  • Complimentary Hotel Registration; Recipients may have to share a room with another winning student of the same gender
  • Complimentary meals that are part of the ESW program
  • Complimentary Conference Registration
  • Complimentary Tutorials

Submission Details

To be considered, students should follow the following:

  • Complete the application form (Doc)
  • All submission materials should be submitted in ONE pdf document to the program chair, Payman Dehghanian by the application deadline.
  • The email subject heading should be "Student Engineering Education Initiative_Full Name_University".

For assistance or more information on the Student Program, please contact the Student Program Chair listed on our Organizing Committee page.

An Abstract Addressing Either

Electrical Safety Course Option: An abstract (less than 200 words) addressing: How I would design a college course about electrical safety.

- OR -

Research Option: An abstract (less than 200 words) addressing: How my research makes an important contribution to the field of electrical safety.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to provide at least two letters of recommendation from current or past graduate professors.

Winning Recipients

While at the ESW, winning recipients are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the Workshop, including:

  • Attending a student luncheon honoring recipients of the Prevention through Design Initiative
  • Presenting their Poster
  • Attending all technical presentations
  • Attending one or more of available tutorials
  • Attending the Products & Services Exposition
  • Networking with world-class experts and leaders in electrical safety
  • Invitation for submission of a full manuscript and possible considerations for the presented research at ESW to be published in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications or IEEE Industry Applications Magazine

Poster Details

Winning applicants will hang their posters on the Tuesday morning of the workshop, and present their posters during the Social event that evening. Presenting the poster involves standing by the poster during the duration of the social, and maintaining dialogue with conference attendees who view the poster and ask questions. Students should follow the template available for their poster.

Download Research Poster Template (PPT)

Download Course Design Poster Template (PPT)

Selected students must submit their posters by email to the Student Program Chair no later than January 15, 2020. The ESW Organizing Committee will print and bring the posters to the ESW.

Suggested Readings for Students

  • J.C. Cawley and B.C. Brenner. Occupational electrical injuries in the US, 2003-2009, presented at the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop, Daytona, FL, Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2012.
  • D.A. Lombardi, S. Matz, M.J. Brennan, G.S. Smith, and T.K. Courtney, Etiology of work-related electrical injuries: a narrative analysis of workers compensation claims, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, vol. 6, no. 10, pp 612-623, July 2010.
  • C. Spies and & R.G. Trohman. Narrative review: electrocution and life-threatening electrical injuries, Annals of Internal Medicine, vol. 145, no. 7, pp. 531-537, 2006.
  • A.J. Taylor, G. McGwin Jr., F. Valent, and LW Rue III. Fatal electrocutions in the United States, Injury Prevention, vol. 8, no. 4, pp 306-312, December 2002.

For further information about the IAS Electrical Safety Prevention through Design Student Engineering Education Initiative program, please contact the Student Program Chair listed on the Organizing Committee page.

Past Recipients

Past recipients of the Electrical Safety Prevention through Design Student Education Engineering Initiative are shown below.


  • Long Zhao, University of Texas at Arlington, USA: "Prediction of Plasma Trajectory during Arc Flash Incident".
  • Bo Wang, George Washington University, USA: "Electrical Safety Considerations in Large-Scale Electric Vehicle Charging Stations".
  • Raghavender Goud Deshagoni, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: “Factors Affecting the Effectiveness of A Wind Turbine Generator Lightning Protection System”.
  • Kangping Li, North China Electric Power University, China: "Identification and Estimation of Distributed PV Systems for Maintaining Electric Grid Safety".
  • Esperanza Torres, University of Aberdeen, Scotland: "Safety Integrity Level Verification Model for IED Protection Schemes".


  • Kailun Shi, North China Electric Power University, China: "Multi-Mode Voltage Regulation in DC Distribution Networks with Electric Safety Considerations".
  • Liwen Dong, North China Electric Power University, China: "On the Control of Power Electronic Converters for Electricity Grid Operation Safety and Stability".
  • Mohammad Heidari, Wichita State University, USA: "Enhancing Electric Safety by Designing Preventive and Corrective Policies in Cyber-Enabled Power Systems".
  • Iragaba F. Intwari, University of Texas at Arlington, USA: "Potential Impact of AC Frequencies on the Operation of Fuses".
  • David Alejandro Trejo Pizzo, Universidad de Palermo, Argentina: "Safety Considerations in Smart Grid Low-Voltage Equipment Design".


  • Maxime Berger, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada, Modeling, Simulation and Testing of Surge Transients in Railway Vehicle DC Power Systems
  • Pooria Dehghanian, Texas State University, United States, Enhancing Electric Safety by Improving Power Grid Resilience in Face of Extreme Emergencies
  • Tamara Becejac, Texas A&M University, United States, Synchrophasor Technology: Powerful Tool That Increases Grid Reliability and Advances Electrical Safety
  • Iragaba F. Intwari, University of Texas at Arlington, United States, 3D Modeling of AC Electric Arc on 400 Hz and 60Hz
  • Farshid Salehi, University of Texas at Arlington, United States, Arc Flash Study in Large Scale Industrial Plant with Internal Generation and Complex Interconnected Network


  • Maxime Berger, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada, Short-Circuit Protection Analysis in Railway Vehicles, DC Power Systems using a Transient Analysis Tool
  • Payman Dehghanian, Texas A&M University, United States, Weather-Driven Predictive Risk Assessment of Power System Operation for Electric Safety
  • Ahad Esmaeilian, Texas A&M University, United States, Impact of Major Power Grid Blackouts Prevention on Electrical Safety
  • Shiuan-Hau Rau, University of Texas at Arlington, United States, DC Arc Flash Simulation


  • Maria Arechavaleta, Auburn University, USA: “Workplace Safety under Developing Countries”.
  • Wei Cui, China: “A Novel Approach for Arc-Flash Detection”.
  • Payman Dehghanian, Texas A&M University, USA: “Assessing the Impact of Power System Topology Control on Circuit Breaker Reliability and Electric Safety”.
  • Alvaero Valero, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain: “Improved Cable Connection to Mitigate Transient Enclosure Voltages in 220 kV Gas-Insulated Substations”.
  • Emanuele Zennaro, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy: “Microshock Risk Estimation During a Surgical Procedure Based on Circuit Model and its Application to Some Case Studies”.


  • Payman Dehghanian, Texas A&M University, USA: "Circuit Breakers and the Impact of Their Maintenance on Electric Safety"
  • Brandon Eidson, Auburn University, USA: "Improved Arc-Flash Risk Assessment Due to Equivalent Power System Impedance Estimation Using Voltage and Current Measurements"
  • Gabor Gocsei, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary, Electric and Magnetic Fields during Live-Line Maintenance
  • Sunday Owolabi, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, Protection Coordination Studies for the 10-MW Wind Farm in Nigeria Using Time-Current Hybrid with Dynamic Analysis of the Sequence of Operation
  • Luigi Parise, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy: "Fire Ignition Hazard in Cords and Extension Cords"
  • Shiuan-Hau Rau, University of Texas at Arlington, USA: "Electrical Safety Course for Arc Flash"
  • Nicholas Scarbello, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA: "Field Expedient System Safety Engineering in a Combat Zone"